Friday, July 15, 2011

North Arcot "Eggplant Serva" -A guest post for Friendship Chain and a sob story

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Pain ... has a structure. It has a floor plan. It has designs more intricate than a chambered nautilus(a marine creature), features more baroque than the most buttressed Gothic cathedral.... it is a poem.
If you are all wondering what the heck I am talking about, read on.. I have a story to tell..Sometimes pain makes people poets, for me its "story-teller" mode or whine mode,call it as you please. Oh where do I begin? It all started a few months ago when I decided to put my son in daycare.It was the fateful time when my son who was my brightest spot also became my "greyest" cloud. Yeah, since the time when he started going to daycare, the whole family's immune system has been through a rigorous beating. So amongst all the array of misfortunes, one was dubbed as the worst by me and hubby-It was a bad, bad, really bad cold virus that we named as "THE MUCUS MAKER". In all my life I have never had to deal with a mucus so green-yellow-grey and so sticky that it could be an excellent substitute for glue. It was persistent and lasted for many many days that Kleenex company was making a profit just by selling to our family.So it came and it went and it came again last week. I was busy focusing on getting certain things in order before my In-Laws arrival(YaY!!!) that I didn't take care of myself properly when this Mucus Maker hit me the second time(Awwww)!
         So this plethora of mucus didn't get properly drained from my system,it triggered another first for me-- Infection of the maxillary sinus - Ow Ow Owwwwwwwww. I thought I had tooth ache,then I thought I had an ear infection, then I thought my eyes were gonna pop-out due to some internal pressure.But it was all of the above rolled in the form of this "weird" condition.I have never experienced such a thing before. I couldn't sleep a wink in the night.I was howling and moaning like a sad puppy that got kicked by a naughty boy.  I wanted to go to the ER but then I thought, I wasn't going to die just yet. Besides my dad's voice in my head kept telling me to learn to experience pain with grace. Plus plenty other Blah Blah Blah were passing in my mind like "what doesn't kill one makes them stronger"..So I decided to wait till morning and call my doctor, begged his assistant for an appointment.I drive my SUV at a break-neck speed for the visit..never was I so eager to see anyone.
          The good doc tells me that this acute condition has a name and that is MAXILLARY SINUSITIS. He has put me on a powerful anti-biotics dosage for 10 days and I am to patiently wait till all the infection clears up all the while battling anti-biotic side-effects like upset stomach,nausea, sending my taste-buds on a vacation etc etc. The decongestant nasal spray is entirely another sob-story. Its stink rivals that of the skunk spray! Twice a day, everyday, for 10 consecutive days, I feel like a skunk came and sprayed right up my nostrils! Its at times like this one has to remember to eat healthy and stay healthy. And its all about keeping the freaking immune system rock solid, like the "Rock of Gibraltar". 
         So while I am on the road to recovery taking my own sweet time to heal and getting strong, I didn't want to completely abandon my blog baby..So here is something, a guest post I did for lovely blogger Priya, of Priya's Easy and Tasty for the "Friendship Chain -- Spread the Specialty" started by Anamika.  I wanted to do a special dish indigenous to the region where I grew up and its a tangy wicked eggplant dish that can be eaten with Biryani, Pulav/Pilaf and such. Its called "North-Arcot Eggplant Serva". With a lot of help from my memory, mommy and a little help from this site, I managed to make this authentic dish. Check out the step-by-step recipe here.  
Some pictures of the dish - 
So what are you waiting for? Blog Hop to Priya's and check out the recipe for this delectable North Arcot Eggplant Serva. The picture doesn't do enough justice to the taste.Its so tangy and divine.Also, this dish tastes better the following day when all the flavors has had a chance to hang-out together harmoniously for a few hours.

Note: This dish would taste fabulous with Minty Mutton Biryani, Minty Mixed Vegetable Pulav/Pilaf, Herbed Vegan Fried Rice.

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  1. I remember being sick all the time for almost a year when I put my older one in the daycare. On top of it, I got pregnant again and was sick the entire pregnancy - not due to nausea but due to cold viruses. It isn't fun coughing with a big belly. I feel for you.

  2. I don't know if mucus story and food stories goes well together :).

    Get well soon.

  3. Oh no! I hope you feel better soon love!

  4. Oh Oh - I hope you feel better soon... Felt horrible reading abt skunk spray-like nasal decongestant!

  5. Get well soon..The tangy dish looks so inviting. Your new template looks great..

  6. Get well soon, CL . It sure doesn't sound anything like fun..skunk-spray like nasal spray..God! hope you feel better after all this!

  7. I have gone through a severe condition of sinusitis so I can feel the misery you are going through. take care and get well soon.

  8. Hello
    First time to your space, I'm loving it. No doubt i'm following your blog.
    I will be very Delighited to find you in my followers list.

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  9. Oh!, I know how it would have felt, I went through rather go through this all the time, I am sick and tired of sinus problem, and loose interest in everything!, I have BM this recipe and want to try this out thanks for sharing


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